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Salvation Army To Serve 1,000 People Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Thousands More Thanksgiving Week

Salvation Army To Serve 1,000 People Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Thousands More Thanksgiving Week

This Thanksgiving, as in years past, The Salvation Army Greater New York Division will be giving the homeless, lonely, and working poor a Thanksgiving blessing by providing food for the body and encouragement for the soul.

About 1,000 people alone will be served Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings at The Salvation Army’s Greater New York Divisional Headquarters at 120 West 14thStreet in Manhattan on Thanksgiving Day.

This free sit-down dinner is the largest of those offered by The Salvation Army in the Greater New York area during Thanksgiving week and is believed to be the oldest Thanksgiving dinner for those in need in New York City, if not the entire country.

Doors for the dinner will open at 11 a.m.and serving will continue until 2 p.m. World-class catering company Great Performances will once again be preparing the meal.

In addition to the meal itself, The Salvation Army will be distributing winter coats, as well as socks, bras and toiletries to guests.

“Many of the adults and families who come to us for Thanksgiving not only can’t afford a holiday meal, they have no one to share it with even if they could,” said Lt. Colonel Ricardo Fernandez, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army Greater New York Division. “We not only give them a wonderful dinner, we also give them a sense of family, friendship, and acceptance. Often, a meal like this can be a first step in helping them rebuild their lives.”

In addition to the Manhattan feeding, The Salvation Army will also be serving Thanksgiving Day dinners at its centers in the Bronx (Tremont) (for 50 people), Sunset Park, Brooklyn (for 140 people) and Freeport, Long Island (for 400 people). During the week of Thanksgiving, meanwhile, various Salvation Army locations will be hosting sit-down dinners and/or distributing turkeys, chickens or holiday baskets. A few centers will also be distributing clothing, including children’s winter coats, and toys.

Altogether, The Salvation Army this Thanksgiving will be serving over 5,000 sit-down meals; distributing over2,000 holiday baskets and over 3,000 turkeys and chickens; and delivering over 200 meals to homes that will serve over 800people.

The Thanksgiving meal program is part of The Salvation Army’s overall year-round total of over 3 million meals served to adults, children and families in need.

Salvation Army centers that will be hosting and/or distributing or delivering meals, turkeys or chickens, and holiday baskets on Thanksgiving Day or during Thanksgiving Week are as follows:

Nov. 17: Brownsville, 280 Riverdale Ave., Brooklyn, serving 150 guests from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact: Capt. Travis Barton at (347) 946-9563.

Nov. 17: Harlem, 540 Lenox Ave., distributing holiday basketsto 250 familiesfrom 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.(also distributing holiday baskets to seniors on Nov. 19thand serving a sit-down dinner on Nov. 21st; see those dates for details). Contact: Lt. Chakanaka Watchat (845) 519-0710.

Nov. 18: East Northport, 319 Clay Pitts Rd., serving 80 guestsfrom 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.and distributing100 holiday basketsduring the week. Contact: Lt. Pedro Amoroso-Espinoza at(631) 553-0071.

Nov. 18: Kingston, 35 Cedar St., serving 75 guestsfrom 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and delivering 50 meals to the homeboundduring the week. Contact: Lt. Rebeca Torresat (631) 903-5111.

Nov. 18: New Rochelle, 22 Church St., serving 100 guestsfrom 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact: Capt.Daniel Diakanwa at (914) 355-8137.

Nov. 18: Ridgewood Citadel, 69-23 Cypress Hills St., serving 100 guestsfrom 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and distributing 40 holiday baskets, 60 turkeys, and clothes and toys for childrenduring the week. Contact: Capt. Roberto Ciriacoat (347) 403-3617.

Nov. 18: Tarrytown, 115 Wildey St., serving 50 guestsfrom 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.and distributing 60 holiday basketsand 140 turkeysduring the week. Contact: Lt. John Ruiz at (347) 636-0154.

Nov. 19: Bushwick, 1151 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, serving 200 guestsfrom noon to 2 p.m.and distributing 200 holiday basketsand 200 turkeys(chickens also available) during the week. Contact: Lt.Shakai Drigoat (347) 886-4733.

Nov. 19: Harlem,540 Lenox Ave., distributing holiday basketsto 100 seniorsfrom 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.(also distributing holiday baskets to families on Nov. 17th and serving a sit-down dinner on Nov. 21st; see those dates for details). Contact: Lt. Chakanaka Watchat (845) 519-0710.

Nov. 19: Stapleton, 15 Broad St., Staten Island,serving 100 guestsfromnoon to 2 p.m. and distributing 200 holiday baskets and 200 turkeys(some chickens also available) during the week. Also distributing socks. Contact: Lt. Jacknier Tripari Garciaat (267) 694-9788.

Nov. 19:Sunset Park, 520 50thSt.,Brooklyn, serving 140 guestsbetween noon and 1 p.m.(also serving a sit-down dinner on Thanksgiving Day; see Nov. 22nd)and distributing 120 holiday baskets and 100 turkeys during the week.  Contact: Lt. Rosario Torres-Arostegui at (347) 400-4760.

Nov. 20: Astoria, 45-18 Broadway, serving 300 guestsfrom 12 noonto 3 p.m.and distributing 200 holiday basketsand 200 turkeysduring the week. Contact: Capt. Kevin Bryanat (340) 626-1027.

Nov. 20: Newburgh, 234 Van Ness St.,serving 250 guestsfrom 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.and distributing 50 holiday basketsduring the week. Contact: Major Johnson Germain at (617) 780-6787.

Nov. 20: Port Jervis, 99 Ball St., serving 75 guestsfrom 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.and distributing 25 turkeysduring the week. Contact:  Capt. Jonathan Rossat (347) 276-4117.

Nov. 20: Queens,86-07 35thAve., Jackson Heights, serving 250 guests from 1p.m. to 3 p.m.and distributing 50 turkeys during the week. Contact:  Capt. Guillermo DiCaterinaat (914) 552-8973.

Nov. 21: Bedford, 601 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, serving 100 guestsfrom noon to 2 p.m.and delivering 150 meals to the homebound. Contact: Lt. Colonel Dewhurst Jonasat (646) 468-8417.

hurst,7307 18thAvenue, Brooklyn, serving 250 guestsfrom noon to 1 p.m. and distributing 800 chickensduring the week. Contact: Major Ricky Kiat (646) 593-1675.

Nov. 21: Bronx Citadel, 425 E. 159thSt.,serving 250 guestsfrom 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.and distributing 140holiday basketsand 140 turkeysduring the week.  Contact: Capt. Elias Goiz-Escobarat (914) 672-5104.

Nov. 21: Harlem, 540 Lenox Ave.,serving 300 guestsbetween11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (also distributing holiday baskets to families on Nov. 17th and to seniors on Nov. 19th; see those dates for details). Contact: Lt. Chakanaka Watchat (845) 519-0710.

Nov. 21: Jamaica Citadel, 90-23 161stSt., serving 270 guestsfrom noon to 1:30 p.m.Contact: Major Louis Guillaumeat (516) 507-8224.

Nov. 21: Manhattan Citadel, 145 E. 125th St., serving 300 guestsfrom 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and distributing 250 holiday basketsand250 turkeysduring the week. Contact:Capt. Antonio Rosamiliaat (347) 831-7449.

Nov. 21: Port Richmond, 1295 Forest Ave., Staten Island, serving 50 guests from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.and distributing 200 holiday basketsand 200 turkeysduring the week. Contact:  Lt. Paula Aguilera Cortesat (646) 260-6366.

Nov. 21:Poughkeepsie, 19 Pershing Ave.,serving 150 guestsfrom11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact: Major Jose Guzmanat (917) 587-4249.

Nov. 21: Riverhead, 130 Osborne Ave., serving 60 guestsfrom 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.and distributing 50 holiday baskets, 50 turkeys, and children’s winter coats during the week. Also delivering meals to the homebound. Contact: Lt. Esther Cherubinat (626) 234-1476.

Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day): Bronx Tremont, 2121 Washington Ave., Bronx,serving 50 guestsfrom 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.and distributing 50 turkeys during the week. Contact: Major Danilo Baptistaat (929) 281-5262.

Nov. 22(Thanksgiving Day):Freeport Citadel, 66 Church St., serving400 guestsfrom 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contact: Auxiliary Capt. Giovanny Guerrero at (917) 636-8772.

Nov. 22: (Thanksgiving Day):Salvation Army Greater New York Divisional Headquarters,  120 West 14thStreet in Manhattan

Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day): Sunset Park, 520 50thSt.,Brooklyn, serving 140 guestsfrom noon to 1 p.m.(also serving a sit-down dinner on Nov. 19th; see above for details)and distributing 120 holiday baskets and 100 turkeys during the week. Contact: Lt. Rosario Torres-Arostegui at (347) 400-4760.

Bay Ridge, 252 86thSt., Brooklyn, distributing 50 holiday baskets. Contact: Lt. Scott Swiresat (862) 438-1598.

Hempstead, 65 Atlantic Ave., distributing 50 turkeys and preparing emergency meals, if needed. Contact: Capt. Charles Robertsat (518) 461-8937.

An integral part of the Greater New York Community for 138 years, The Salvation Army in Greater New York operates a vast network of community and social-service programs that serve nearly a million people each year throughout New York City, Long Island, and the lower Hudson Valley, without discrimination. For more information, visit our websiteatwww.salvationarmyny.org.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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